The B vitamins are a class of of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Though these vitamins are chemically distinct, they often work together in metabolic pathways, especially within the mitochondria.
List of B vitamins[edit | edit source]
- Vitamin B1 - Thiamine
- Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin
- Vitamin B3 - Niacin (nicotinic acid)
- Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxal-5'-Phosphate (PLP) (other forms include Pyridoxine and Pyridoxamine)
- Vitamin B7 - Biotin
- Vitamin B9 - Folate (other forms include Folic acid)
- Vitamin B12 Cobalamin (other forms include hydroxocobalamin, cyanocobalamin or methylcobalamin)
Vitamin B Complex[edit | edit source]
A Vitamin B Complex is a nutritional supplement containing a variety of different B vitamins.
Importance to ME/CFS[edit | edit source]
A small study of chronic fatigue syndrome patients found below-normal levels of a number of B vitamins, including vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B9 (folate). These levels were unlikely to be caused by deficiencies in diet. Vitamin B6 levels were particularly low.
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
- 1999, Vitamin B status in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (Full)
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See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Heap, L C; Peters, T J; Wessely, S (Apr 1999). "Vitamin B status in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome" (PDF). Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 92 (4): 183–185. ISSN 0141-0768. PMC . PMID 10450194.
- "Response to Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia".
Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, often used when both illnesses are considered the same.